The Best of Guitar Shorty

The Best of Guitar Shorty

by Guitar Shorty


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The Best of Guitar Shorty

The Best of Guitar Shorty collects key tracks from the Texas guitarist's JSP album, My Way or the Highway (1991), his three albums for Black Top Records, Topsy Turvy (1993), Get Wise to Yourself (1995), and Roll Over, Baby (1998), and his single album from Evidence Records, I Go Wild!, which came out in 2001. In spite of all these different sources, the sequence here feels cut from the same bolt of cloth, thanks in no small part to Shorty's flashy, angular guitar playing, which is a constant on all of these tracks. Known for his dazzling stage show, which is highlighted by all manner of leaps, somersaults, and other assorted guitar-playing gymnastics, Guitar Shorty on disc is a poor substitute, but he still generates tremendous energy on cuts like "Go Wild!," which cycles off from the standard "Gloria" chord pattern; the stomping, buzz-saw pop of "Maybe She'll Miss Me"; and the slow-burning, Jimi Hendrix-like take on "Hey Joe," which ends the set. Rumor has it that Hendrix picked up much of his stage show and perhaps his arrangement of "Hey Joe" in particular from seeing Guitar Shorty playing live -- at least that's how Shorty tells it. He doesn't have the explosive, futuristic vision of Hendrix, but then Hendrix didn't do back flips while playing leads on-stage, either. Or maybe he did. Nobody remembers. Suffice it to say that Guitar Shorty is a guitar player's guitar player, and this collection makes for a nice introduction to his studio style.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/20/2006
Label: Shout Factory
UPC: 0826663100624
catalogNumber: 10062
Rank: 53118

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Performance Credits

Guitar Shorty   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
David Torkanowsky   Organ,Piano,Wurlitzer
Dwayne Smith   Organ,Piano
Otis Grand   Guitar
Tony Ashton   Organ
Sammy Berfect   Organ
Charles Elam   Background Vocals
Herman V. Ernest   Percussion,Drums
Carol Fran   Vocals
Chris Hayes   Rhythm Guitar
Clarence Holliman   Guitar,Soloist
Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Glenn Letsch   Bass
Phillip Manuel   Background Vocals
Michael Mordecai   Trombone
Riley Osborne   Organ,Piano
Shannon Powell   Drums
Jamil Sharif   Trumpet
Ward Smith   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Keith Winking   Trumpet
Ernest Youngblood   Tenor Saxophone
Lee Allen Zeno   Bass
Mark Mullins   Trombone
Rick Trolsen   Trombone
Peter Beck   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Dan Quinton   Bass
Daniel Strittmatter   Drums
Howard Deere   Bass
Gary Slechta   Trumpet
Danny Pucillo   Drums
Mike Hobart   Baritone Saxophone
Jim Pugh   Hammond Organ

Technical Credits

Otis Grand   Horn Arrangements
Carol Fran   Composer
Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff   Horn Arrangements
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes
James Fraher   Cover Photo
Peter Beck   Horn Arrangements
David Kearney   Composer
Emily Johnson   Artwork
Jeff Palo   Producer

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